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Preventing heat stress in horses

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Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are terms that refer to dangerous conditions that may occur when horses are overworked in hot weather. Extremely hot weather is most likely to be life threatening when a horse is exerting (creating more body heat) or being hauled in an enclosed trailer/van with inadequate ventilation.

Barney Fleming, DVM, of Custer, SD, vets endurance rides around the U.S. and has seen many heat-related problems in hard-working horses. He says the danger for heat stroke can be minimized by proper care and conditioning of the horse. Every rider should know the signs of trouble, and be aware of subtle changes in the horse – to be able to stop working and reverse the condition before it’s too late.

Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are terms that refer to dangerous conditions that may occur when horses are overworked in hot weather. Extremely hot weather is most likely to be life threatening when a horse is exerting (creating more body heat) or being hauled in an enclosed trailer/van with inadequate ventilation.

Barney Fleming, DVM, of Custer, SD, vets endurance rides around the U.S. and has seen many heat-related problems in hard-working horses. He says the danger for heat stroke can be minimized by proper care and conditioning of the horse. Every rider should know the signs of trouble, and be aware of subtle changes in the horse – to be able to stop working and reverse the condition before it’s too late.

Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are terms that refer to dangerous conditions that may occur when horses are overworked in hot weather. Extremely hot weather is most likely to be life threatening when a horse is exerting (creating more body heat) or being hauled in an enclosed trailer/van with inadequate ventilation.

Barney Fleming, DVM, of Custer, SD, vets endurance rides around the U.S. and has seen many heat-related problems in hard-working horses. He says the danger for heat stroke can be minimized by proper care and conditioning of the horse. Every rider should know the signs of trouble, and be aware of subtle changes in the horse – to be able to stop working and reverse the condition before it’s too late.

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Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are terms that refer to dangerous conditions that may occur when horses are overworked in hot weather. Extremely hot weather is most likely to be life threatening when a horse is exerting (creating more body heat) or being hauled in an enclosed trailer/van with inadequate ventilation.

Barney Fleming, DVM, of Custer, SD, vets endurance rides around the U.S. and has seen many heat-related problems in hard-working horses. He says the danger for heat stroke can be minimized by proper care and conditioning of the horse. Every rider should know the signs of trouble, and be aware of subtle changes in the horse – to be able to stop working and reverse the condition before it’s too late.

Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are terms that refer to dangerous conditions that may occur when horses are overworked in hot weather. Extremely hot weather is most likely to be life threatening when a horse is exerting (creating more body heat) or being hauled in an enclosed trailer/van with inadequate ventilation.

Barney Fleming, DVM, of Custer, SD, vets endurance rides around the U.S. and has seen many heat-related problems in hard-working horses. He says the danger for heat stroke can be minimized by proper care and conditioning of the horse. Every rider should know the signs of trouble, and be aware of subtle changes in the horse – to be able to stop working and reverse the condition before it’s too late.

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